Honeymoon Alone by Nicole Macaulay. Published 3.12.19 by BooksGoSocial. Provided by NetGalley.
Synopsis… “When irrepressibly romantic Lucy Gray is ditched at said wedding by her date in front of her whole family, the promises of a psychic seem better than her pity-riddled reality. The psychic’s advice seems insightful: stop ignoring fate’s signs – fate will lead you to love. But when “fate” leads Lucy to London, she finds herself tangled in a web of lies. In a story about finding independence and taking chances, Lucy learns that leaving everything up to fate can be dangerous – and jeopardize her chances at happily ever after”.
Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars.
Firstly thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC of this book, I’ve had this waiting for a while on my Kindle and I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. That being said, there were a few formatting issues. At one point, I did consider DNFR it, but once we got past the worst part it was just a few spaces missing between words, which I could deal with.
On the whole I really enjoyed this book, and it was not what I thought it would be. I was pleasantly surprised!
I loved Lucy as a character, I thought Macaulay really let her personality shine through this book in the way she behaved and we got to see her grow as time progressed. At 26, Lucy is hounded by her family at gatherings as to when she’s going to settle down and start a family, and I applaud the author for bringing this into the book. Women are constantly questioned when they’re going to have a baby or start a family, like just let us LIVE PEOPLE.
I also loved how Lucy interacted with her family and her best friend Mary. It was clear through the pages how much they loved each other and how tight knit they were. P.S. Mary is a joy, we all need a friend like her.
Now I’ve finished the book I can say that the plot was not what I was expecting at all.
When I first started reading it did come across very twee and tourist-y, once Lucy arrived in London, and that would have put me off had it not been for the introduction of Cary and Oliver, our two other main characters.
Macaulay cleverly weaves a web of deception, at no point throughout the book did I guess the ending… But when you look back all the clues were there and you almost kick yourself for not guessing it to begin with.
I did think this would be some twee romance novel, set in London with some dashing British man whisking Lucy off her feet… It was so much more than that. Every word written, and every chapter presented to us was a clever web of deception and cover ups.
I was completely in shock over the ending.
Again, thank you to NetGalley for my ARC copy of this, I’ll definitely be recommending it to others!